Patcham High School are organising a project asking previous students to give an inspirational quote about their time spent here. We hope this will raise the aspirations of our current and future students and make them aware that high school is an important phase in their lives which will help them to achieve great things.
England Rugby Player
Looking back on my time spent at Patcham, I can now say the time and experiences I had there have moulded me into the man I am today.
I was particularly enthusiastic about the sports side and enjoyed playing football the most.
My friendships with my peers extended outside school and we would spend quality time after school and in holidays outdoors playing sports and chasing girls.
Although I have had a fantastic and successful career as a professional rugby player with both harlequins and England. I wish I was made more aware of the opportunities there were and a greater support network from local businesses for potential work and career paths.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work”
“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor”
Patcham High always supported my love for sport, whether it be representing school teams or helping me achieve an A* at GCSE PE. However my dream job was always to be a Sports Journalist, despite never being the highest achiever in English or Media Studies and knowing how hard it was to get into the industry, I kept my options open into further education. Studying Sport Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham whilst keeping my journalist juices flowing by writing a sports blog in my spare time. This turned out to be a wise decision, as I was hired as a Fitness Writer at Cycling Weekly based on my mixed background in both sport science and journalism. If I wasn’t set up on this path from Patcham High, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.
Senior Communications Officer Liberty London
My time at Patcham fuelled my love for English and Art, and the experiences I had there set me on the path towards my Art Foundation and Journalism degree at the London College of Fashion. I’ve worked in the fashion industry since graduating and am currently the Senior Communications Officer at luxury department store Liberty. Without my interests and skills being encouraged throughout my high school career, I might not be in the position I am now. I’m also still friends with so many people I went to school with, those relationships really do last a lifetime.
I will never forget my time at Patcham High School and still have many friends I see on a regular basis.
I enjoyed many subjects and had good relationships with most of my teachers. Clearly, my favourite subject was PE, however, it was always instilled within me by the teachers to always do my best at whatever I did. A lot of what I am experiencing now can be aligned to experiences at school. For example, having the support of the teacher who was always there to advise and encourage me to achieve my best is similar to how my football coach operates. I’m sure Mr Kreel would like to think of himself as Leeds United’s Manager!
Working in a competitive sports environment, I see and read a lot of quotes, many of which inspire me. However, I like the following 2 quotes as I can directly relate them to my school experiences:
- Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there; and
- In order to succeed, your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure.
I joined Patcham High School in 1995. I had grown up in Patcham so had a group of friends from the local area, but was amazed at how many new people I met upon starting at the school. Soon after starting at Patcham I was encouraged by my PE teacher to take up rugby (a sport I’d never played or understood!). I took it up and joined Hove and later Brighton RFC. I played for Sussex, winning the most improved player award in 1999 and received the award at Twickenham. The support of the teachers and staff at the school made my time there enjoyable and rewarding. Sport was always my first love whilst at school. My proudest achievement was being Sports Captain for the school in my final year (1999-2000). I have been a police officer with Sussex Police for the past eleven years and am currently sergeant of a Neighbourhood Response Team.
Time at secondary school goes incredibly quickly. Work hard, make friends and most of all enjoy it!
The Argus Journalist
I recently watched a documentary about African children who trawl rubbish sites to collect plastic bottles and sell them for the one dollar needed to go to school for the day.
It made me realise that my time at Patcham High School was a gift – even if it didn’t seem like it at the time.
It’s fair to say not every student sees school as a “gift” but it is.
Don’t just go to school. Use it. I’m glad I did.
Good GCSEs set you up for life. You can’t put a price on that.
East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society Volunteer
My years at Patcham were the most inspiring and impactful time of my life so far. Without the encouragement and dedication to excellence from teachers like Mr Darby, Miss Bocking and the BA Jessica Day, I would not be on the road I am now. For that, I am forever grateful.
I volunteer with E.S.R.A.S (East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society) to run large educational displays and handling sessions all around the country. I also run the E.S.R.A.S newsletter, which has reached a readership of over 1200 people this year. By able to combine my passion with the goal of becoming a journalist, I’ve made it far more enjoyable for myself and I strongly recommend trying to combine your interests with your goals. It makes it so much more rewarding in the end.
I am so thankful that through my work as one of the first Environmental Prefects with Mr Holtam, I gained the neccesary critical thinking and public speaking skills to now confidently handle interviews with industry experts such as Austin Stevens and Mark O’Shea, as well as parliamentry figures such as Caroline Lucas at the time.
Patcham High, from each student to staff member, has changed me for the better. It will always be where my future started.
Royal Marines Commando in training
I would probably say “Don’t dream it; be it” and/or “Don’t follow the crowd; be the individual you want to be”. The reason for this is because I’ve been wondering about a career in the forces since I left school and finally in October 2013 after getting my degree, I applied to be a Royal Marines Commando. After 2 years of persistence and not willing to ‘fail’, I’ve finally got a start date for initial training at Lymstone which is 1st February.
Lecturer at University of Brighton
I have very fond memories of my time as a student at Patcham High School. The staff gave me the support and encouragement I needed to explore and develop my personal interests and push myself beyond my comfort zone. Their commitment, dedication and professionalism was and still is a daily inspiration to me in my own career in education.